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Burns Appeals Conviction In Aquaponics Fish Farm Fraud

In 2016, public and private officials gathered on a 10-acre tract of land near Brookings to break ground for an indoor aquaponics farm.

Investors were told the $11 million enterprise would raise fish and grow hydroponic vegetables and fruit.

But it was never built.

A year and a half later, the two developers were indicted for fraud.

Both were convicted, and one of them is now appealing. Oral arguments were held telephonically on Wednesday, Oct. 21, before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Victoria Wicks reports on this case for South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

Rapid City freelancer Victoria L. Wicks has been producing news for SDPB since August 2007. She Retired from this position in March 2023.